Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of Mystery and Macabre

Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of Mystery and Macabre

interesting facts:
-both of poes parents died before he was three years old and lived with a man named john allan, but wasn’t legally adopted.
-his parents, Elizabeth and david were both minor actors
-enlisted in the army after being forced to leave fine academies in Richmond Virginia after his father refused to pay for him
-his wife and brother both died from tuberculosis

Poe was known for his tales of mystery and macabre. Considered being the inventor of the detective-fiction genre, his style of writing was dark. A major characteristic of Poes writings was psychological depth in his tales of horror, for example in “the cask of amontillado” and the tell-tale heart” These are both told by a first-person narrator, and include his own personal psyche. In his use of the demonic and the grotesque, common reoccurring themes in his work deal with the questions of death, lost love, insanity, obsession, and guilt.

A valentine

For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda, allusion
Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies
Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
Search narrowly the lines!- they hold a treasure
Divine- a talisman- an amulet
That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure-
The words- the syllables! Do not forget
The trivialest point, or you may lose your labor
And yet there is in this no Gordian knot
Which one might not undo without a sabre,
If one could merely comprehend the plot.
Enwritten upon the leaf where now are peering
Eyes scintillating soul, there lie perdus
Three eloquent words oft uttered in the hearing
Of poets, by poets- as the name is a poet's, too,
Its letters, although naturally lying
Like the knight Pinto- Mendez Ferdinando- similie
Still form a synonym for Truth- Cease trying!
You will not read the riddle, though you do the best you can do.

The raven
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and...

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